SOURCE: Paragon Software Systems

Paragon Software Systems

December 02, 2015 11:10 ET

Paragon Software Systems Introduces Route Control

Helps Transportation Planners Manage Time-Sensitive Route Restrictions

DALLAS, TX--(Marketwired - Dec 2, 2015) - Paragon Software Systems, Inc., a leader in vehicle routing and scheduling optimization solutions, announces a breakthrough in transportation planning -- Paragon Route Control. Transportation planners can now use a calendar to create routes that comply with time and day-related local, state and national regulations, and road closures resulting from major public events. Paragon Route Control cuts the time spent on manual planning, minimizes the impact of restrictions on routing and scheduling, and lowers the risk of incurring penalty fines. 

"Our grocery store clients have asked for this capability to make their day-to-day job easier -- and we have delivered with Paragon Route Control," said William Salter, CEO and President, Paragon Software Systems. "Now with Paragon Route Control, our customers can create rules that automatically apply legitimate route deviations at specific times of the day, week or month by truck type to their transportation plans, reducing the level of manual intervention required by the planner. Drivers can better meet delivery schedules while adhering to road restrictions and regulations, ensuring on-time deliveries and improving customer satisfaction."

Paragon Route Control is a first for the world of truck fleet optimization. When a driver deviates from the prescribed route, fleet monitoring systems flag that route as an exception, and the transport office has to manually check if it should be recorded as a breach or not. Using Paragon Route Control, users can specify alternate routes between two locations by vehicle type and identify when the alternate routes should be used. Paragon then applies these rules at the relevant time of day, week or month depending on vehicle type, e.g. a 53' tractor/trailer cannot travel along this highway between midnight and 6am. Details of detours and events are created using a simple calendar which can be stored and re-used; algorithms within the software then calculate the best driver schedules every time.

Route Control can be used to manage time-sensitive route restrictions including:

  • Road closures or congestion caused by sporting or cultural events, e.g. the Boston Marathon or Super Bowl
  • US Local Restrictions, e.g. Limited Truck Zones in New York, Manhattan and Staten Island
  • Commercial construction zones where heavy goods vehicle (HGV) access may be restricted at certain times of the day, or days of the week
  • Prioritizing the safest route over the quickest route, such as avoiding roads around schools during child drop-off and pick-up times.

"Transportation operations that ensure goods are delivered on time are complex," added Salter. "Creating rules that allow for legitimate deviations from the normal fastest route at specific times of the day, week or month by vehicle type reduces the level of manual intervention required by the transportation planner, and ensures that the schedule reflects what is actually happening on the roads. After talking to transportation and logistics industry players about the challenges they face, our team of software developers has now built the functionality to help them 'close the gap.' We believe that Route Control is a game changer for transportation planners around the world."

About Paragon Software Systems:

Paragon Software Systems, Inc., based in Dallas, Texas, is a leading provider of truck routing and scheduling software solutions. Paragon's advanced planning systems have been proven to cut transportation costs and improve efficiency across a wide range of distribution operation types and industry sectors. Paragon's North American truck routing software clients include George's Inc., AgReliant Genetics, Linde, McLane, National Food Corporation, and many others. The software is used for the daily route optimization of transportation schedules; rationalizing fixed routes; managing transportation resources; strategic logistics planning; and managing home delivery orders with dynamic routing. Paragon Software Systems, Inc. is a wholly owned subsidiary of Paragon Software Systems plc, the UK's number one provider of transportation routing and scheduling software. Paragon has over 3,300 systems installed at more than 1,000 client sites in 50 countries worldwide. For more information visit http://www.paragontruckrouting.com

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